Ky. - Northern Kentucky University’s Kristen Votapek has been
awarded an NCAA postgraduate scholarship of $7,500.
The NCAA awarded
58 postgraduate scholarships of $7,500 each to 29 men and 29 women
who participated in fall sports. Votapek was one of 10 women’s
soccer players this year to receive a postgraduate scholarship from
the ninth NKU student-athlete in the past seven years to receive
an NCAA postgraduate scholarship. NKU’s Michelle Cottrell,
Shannon Smith, Kevin Listerman, Malissa Stevenson, Eva Broeg, Kristin
Koralewski, Kim Keyer-Scott and Stephanie Leimbach also received
NCAA postgraduate scholarships during the past seven years.
senior forward and a graduate of Amelia High School, was named NCAA
Division II second team All-American by the National Soccer Coaches
Association of America last season. She also earned Great Lakes
Valley Conference Player of the Year honors after leading the league
in scoring with 16 goals and 18 assists.
Votapek led NKU to the
GLVC Tournament championship, and her performance enabled the Norse
to earn the No. 1 seed in the NCAA II Great Lakes Region.
In two seasons at NKU,
Votapek scored 27 goals and added 26 assists. She twice was named
NSCAA All-Great Lakes Region.
In addition, Votapek
was named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District IV second
team this season for her work in the classroom.
The NCAA awarded 58
postgraduate scholarships of $7,500 each to student-athletes who
participated in fall sports, which includes women’s badminton,
men’s and women’s cross country, women’s equestrian,
women’s field hockey, football, men’s and women’s
soccer, women’s volleyball and men’s water polo.
To qualify for an NCAA
postgraduate scholarship, a student-athlete must have an overall
grade-point average of 3.200 (on a 4.000 scale) or its equivalent,
and must have performed with distinction as a member of the varsity
team in the sport in which the student-athlete was nominated. The
student-athlete must have behaved, both on and off the field, in
a manner that has brought credit to the student-athlete, the institution
and intercollegiate athletics.
also must intend to continue academic work beyond the baccalaureate
degree as a full-time or part-time graduate student.